PIA News Service - Monday, December 3, 2012


Surigao Norte, Surigao City, Dinagat Islands ready for typhoon Pablo

By Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Dec. 3 (PIA) -- The local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (DRRMC) of Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and this city have already set-up their command operation center on 24/7 basis in preparation for typhoon Pablo.

Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Surigao del Norte Gov. Sol Matugas and Dinagat Islands Governor Glenda B. Ecleo made the announcement thru their respective DRRMC coordinators as Typhoon Pablo is threatening the area based from the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) as of noontime today.

Just this morning, the three local DRRMCs announced the cancellation of classes in all levels and suspension of work in all government and private offices in Surigao del Norte, Surigao City and Dinagat Islands in preparation of the coming typhoon that expected to make landfall tomorrow morning, Dec. 4, 2012 in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted to take precautionary measures for possible flashfloods and landslides.

The local DRRMCs has also warned small sea crafts not to venture out to sea until the storm signal will be lifted by PAGASA.

Meanwhile, local officials of this province and chairman of the provincial and city disaster risk reduction and management councils have assured the public that safety precautionary measures and preparedness are already in place to meets its target of zero casualty. (SDR/PIA-Surigao del Norte)


Feature: Multiple micronutrient supplement for pregnant mothers more beneficial

By Celina Ann Z. Javier

The outcome of pregnancy is highly dependent on the health status of the mother.

The 7th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST) in 2008 found that 26.3 percent of pregnant women are nutritionally-at-risk for delivering infants with low birth weight.

Moreover, the prevalence rate of anemia among pregnant women is 42.5 percent and 9.5 percent for Vitamin A deficiency, the survey also disclosed.

This high rate of undernourished pregnant women translates to high rate of undernourished babies.

One of the effective strategies in uplifting the nutritional status of pregnant women is micronutrient supplementation.

At present, pregnant women benefit from the iron, vitamin A and iodine supplementation programs of the government.

Based on the results of the 7th NNS, 34.3 percent of pregnant women received iron supplementation while, 6.6 percent got vitamin A supplementation and only 2.9 percent benefited from iodine supplementation.

Interventions are always focused on these single-nutrient supplementations, but multiple nutrient supplementations can also be given to pregnant women due to their additional nutrient requirements.

At present, there are no local studies showing the effects of multiple micronutrient supplementations on the health status of pregnant women.

The FNRI-DOST looked into the benefits of multiple micronutrient supplementation composed of iron, vitamin A, vitamin B2, folate and zinc to anemic pregnant women instead of just giving a single nutrient.

In the study, three groups of anemic pregnant women received three different nutrient supplementations, namely, the multi-micronutrient, iron-folic acid and iron alone.

Based on the results of the study, anemia prevalence among anemic pregnant women who received the multi-micronutrient supplementation significantly dropped to 12.8 percent compared with the anemia prevalence of those who received iron-folic acid at 27.3 percent and those who received iron only at 46.9 percent.

Even though the amount of iron in the multi-micronutrient supplementations is lower than those of iron-folic acid only and iron alone, there is still a significant improvement in the iron status of pregnant women.

Improvement in vitamin B2 and folate status were also noted for pregnant women who took the multi-micronutrient supplementation.

Furthermore, pregnant women who received the multi-micronutrient and iron-folic acid supplementations reduced incidence of low-birth-weight babies, premature deliveries and low occurrence of neonatal deaths compared with those who received iron alone.

Based on the positive results of this study, the government should consider giving multiple micronutrient supplementation to pregnant women instead of iron alone.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City. E-mail: mcv@fnri.dost.gov.ph, Telefax: 837-2934 and 827-3164, or call: 8372071 local 2296 or visit our website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Is your Christmas diet naughty or nice?

By Victor J. Alfonso, Jr.

If there is a time of the year when you allow yourself to relax and forget about strict diet and constant work-out trips to the gym, it’s the coming festive season.

It’s when you are already winding down toward the end of the working year and gearing up for the holiday season. There are lots of parties to attend, fruit cakes to nibble and noche buena leftovers to enjoy, along with the relaxing cool breeze.

Despite the festivities of the season, remember to limit the days when you are overeating to avoid over-indulgence.

Here are some strategies to pacify your holiday fangs: Have a healthy snack before you go to a party or function. Filling foods such as sandwiches or a bowl of cereal is a good idea.

More than usual when you arrive at a party, you tend to be thirsty and in response you drink the first drink fast. Quench your thirst with a glass of water instead of a high-calorie alcoholic or soft drink.

 Enjoy one or two small treats so you don’t feel deprived, but don’t go back for third and fourth servings. If you overfill your plate, you are more likely to eat a much larger portion than usual, so go easy! Also, take into account your feeling of fullness. Don’t keep nibbling just because food is there.

Position yourself away from the buffet table. This will prevent you from grabbing small servings every now and then; and, lastly, if you are the host, encourage guests to take home leftovers so you are not tempted to over-indulge the following day.

Finally, in order to keep you in Santa’s “nice” list, here are some tips on how to effortlessly burn few calories this season while having fun: Go Christmas shopping! Walking around in a large mall or shopping center makes for great activity and fun. You just can’t get a better activity combination! Do the old standard.

Park your vehicle a few meters from the building and walk. Yes, it’s an old tip but still one of the best. Use the stairs instead of the elevators and escalators.

Wrap those packages! And once yours are all bundled up, volunteer to wrap some more; Bake some home-made holiday bread. It’s a great exercise due to the kneading of the bread and a great personalized gift, too!

Grab some friends and go carolling. A brisk walk along the neighborhood gives you and your friends a great workout.

The festive season is upon us once again, and for most of us, this means excessive amounts of eating, drinking and missing daily exercise routines. These are easy tips to remember that can be summed up in four words: variety, moderation, balance and activity. Eat a variety of food and balance it with correct portions from each of the food groups. Just eat enough, not in excess or lack.

By keeping these tips in mind, you will be sure to have a merrier holiday season.

For more information on food and nutrition, contact: Dr. Mario V. Capanzana, Director, Food and Nutrition Research Institute, Department of Science and Technology, General Santos Avenue, Bicutan, Taguig City; Tel/Fax Num: 8372934 and 8373164; email: mvc@fnri.dost.gov.ph, mar_v_c@yahoo.com; FNRI-DOST website: http://www.fnri.dost.gov.ph. (FNRI-DOST S&T Media Service/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Pamahalaan nakahanda na para sa pagpasok ng bagyong ‘Pablo,’ sa bansa ayon sa Malacanang

Ni Danilo S. Makiling

BUTUAN CITY, Dis. 3 (PIA) -- Ang pamahalaan ay nakahanda na para sa pagpasok ng bagyong Pablo sa bansa, ayon sa Malacanang.

Handa na rin silang magbigay ng tulong sa mga maaapektuhan ng bagyo, ayon kay Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte .

Nakiusap din si Valte sa isinagawang press briefing na isina-ire ng government-run radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, sa mga miyembro ng media na tumulong sa paghatid ng impormasyon sa lokasyon ng bagyo.

Ayon naman sa Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) base sa kanilang 11:00 a.m na weather bulletin na ang bagyong ‘Pablo’ ay kasalukuyang na sa 1,110 km Timog-silangan ng Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur na may lakas ng hangin na umaabot sa 185 kilometro bawat oras. Napag-alaman din na ang bagyo ay gumagalaw pahilagang kanluran sa lakas na 22 kilometro bawat oras.

Nanawagan din si Valte sa lokal na pamahalaan na patuloy na i-monitor ang PAGASA bulletin upang maipagpatuloy ang kanilang kaligtasan.

“Patuloy po nating bantayan ang mga updates ng PAGASA at makipag-ugnayan sa mga lokal na atoridad at ang ating pamahalaang nasyonal ay nakahanda rin na magbigay ng kahit anong tulong sa mga maaapektuhan,” ani Valte. (NCLM/PIA-Caraga)